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    FD-27 Howlin' Wolf, Janis Joplin w/Big Brother 1966 Family Dog Concert Poster. A first-printing San Francisco concert poster for Howlin' Wolf and Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin at the Avalon Ballroom on Friday and Saturday, September 23-24, 1966.

    Known as FD-27 in the Family Dog numbered series, this poster comes from the personal archives of Bob Cohen, the man who co-owned the Family Dog and ran it with Chet Helms from early 1966 until the firm's demise in late 1968. The poster was created by the potent designer team of Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley.

    A supremely popular poster for its great design, despite the fact the shows were canceled, possibly the biggest disappointment in the history of FD and BG canceled shows. One can only imagine being near the front of the stage and witnessing both Howlin' Wolf and Janis Joplin in concert, two forces of nature that were dominant in their genres. Still, we have the poster, which is genuine (not a fantasy poster) so the next best thing.

    The Eric King guide to psychedelic concert posters states that there were two first printings of this poster, both done in advance of the shows to sell tickets, with ever-so-slightly differing dimensions. Our poster measures out at 14 7/32" x 20" dead even. That would lean it toward what King calls FD-27-OP-2, which also has a lot of red mixed into the orange coloring.

    Grades to Near Mint Minus condition. COAs from Bob Cohen and from Heritage Auctions.

    To view Bob Cohen's biography, "A Patriarch of the San Francisco Scene," please click here.

    More Information: A very clean specimen. Very light handling and a super-light mark in the upper right corner. A faint hint of light-orange ‘scumming' in the upper left margin above "Howl." The left edge has very slight indents in the white to the left of "Family" (in the logo) and to the left of "The" and "Sept." We didn't notice these until we inspected the verso. Likewise with a tiny edge ding to the right of the crossbar in "F" in "Wolf" in the upper right. Lower left corner just a tiny bit soft.

    Verso has a distributor's name and address rubber-stamped neatly; a little dirt one inch from the top edge; and a little stray dark-green ink in the extreme lower right corner, which also shows just a tad on the front (in the lower left).

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.97 (illustrated).

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